Women make up only 17% of tech sector workers, but this small cohort is shaking up the industry. As part of our celebration of the amazing women working in our sector, we have interviewed a number of women leading the charge on how they got into tech and what advice they would give to those aspiring to work in the sector.
Here are some of these women’s advice for those looking to enter the tech sector.
Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK
“We are creating more jobs than we can fill in tech and our dependency on digital is growing. So this is your opportunity… as with everything though, it is really important to know what you want or at least be prepared to define it and make it real in your head. Bystander or participant – you are in control of your own destiny. So many people wonder why their careers aren’t going anywhere but if you ask what their vision or ambition for the next role looks like they often say something too vague. Know what you want and go after it!”
Amanda Cooper, Thales UK
“Research what type of company and working environment suits you, as there are so many options out there now. Always consider an apprenticeship, it’s a great way to get into the industry while being paid and without accumulating debt. Release that you can get into tech at any stage of your life – visit the techUK Returners’ Hub for more advice!”
Narmada Guruswamy, EY
“Tech does not mean programming – anything that enables technology to work falls into this space For example, User Interface Design, which builds the interface between man and machine, is part-science and part-art. From technical writing to podcasts to video game art design, people can get involved in a variety of ways that tap into their strengths.”
Hema Marshall, Cisco UK
“Don’t choose a path, let the path choose you as you will never know where it will take you. If you asked me 2 years ago would I ever go into sales I would have laughed yet today here I am leading a sales organisation.”